🎧 David Sirota’s new interview with the director of ‘Theaters of War’

Theaters of War is a must-see documentary.”
— David Sirota, journalist, on the podcast “Lever Time”

Roger Stahl, the director of our new film Theaters of War: How the Pentagon & CIA Took Hollywood, is featured on a new podcast called “Lever Time” hosted by award-winning journalist David Sirota, a senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

The episode, called “America’s Top Gun Problem,” takes a deep dive into Hollywood’s longstanding and mostly unknown relationship with the Department of Defense and CIA, the subject of Stahl’s stunning new film.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Theaters of War, which features interviews with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, combat veterans, and a slate of dogged researchers, provides breathtaking smoking-gun evidence that in exchange for supplying producers with onscreen military hardware, the Pentagon and CIA have been allowed to systematically scrub Hollywood scripts of anything that even hints at U.S. war crimes, corruption, racism, sexual assault, coups, assassinations, and torture.

You can watch Theaters of War now on the Kanopy streaming platform through your university or public library; purchase a streaming rental or subscription; or sign up to host a screening. To see if your university subscribes to Kanopy, click here.

Here’s just some of the praise that’s been rolling in for Theaters of War from educators, military and media analysts, and others.

Praise for Theaters of War 



“A high-impact documentary that the USA’s most powerful filmmakers and warmakers don’t want you to see. Confronts head-on the hugely deceptive images that help to promote one horrific war after another.”

— Norman Solomon | Author, War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

“Like a bloodhound on the trail, Theaters of War tracks toward one riveting revelation after another, managing to shock even as it confirms what we imagined we knew about the role and reach of military propaganda.”

— Jonna Eagle | Author, War Games

“This powerful documentary forced me to wonder: How many hours of my lifetime have I spent staring at movie screens and TV screens unknowingly absorbing DOD and CIA propaganda? Is this part of a military-industrial-entertainment complex? Theaters of War is a terrific teaching experience.”

— H. Bruce Franklin | American historian and author of Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War



Theaters of War exposes the entertainment landscape of Hollywood as the monopolistic propaganda arm for what is, by far, the world’s single most militaristic purveyor of cruel and wanton destruction, and the most dangerous institution on the planet.”

— Oliver Boyd-Barrett | Professor Emeritus of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University


“Lively, engaging, and meticulously researched.”

— Rebecca A. Adelman | Associate Professor of Media & Communication Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County and co-editor of Remote Warfare: New Cultures of Violence



“An impressively documented examination of the U.S. security state’s role in promoting militarism via popular media. Think propaganda’s the wrong word? Think again!”

— Stacy Takacs | Professor of English & American Studies at Oklahoma State University


“Revelatory. Roger Stahl shows once again the promise of documentary film in combining entertainment with hard-earned insight. This is the future of public scholarship, and audiences will never see the military on screen the same way again.”

— Jessy Ohl | Associate Professor of Communications at The University of Alabama

Douglas Rushkoff

“A tight, compelling, and straightforward documentary that is sure to grab audiences from the living room to the college classroom.”

— Douglas Rushkoff | Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens